The MD Program seeks diverse, high-achieving students who have excellent academic records paired with evidence of a commitment to serving others. Our goal is to support and direct our students to become skilled, empathetic physicians who are leaders in their chosen field.
Wake Forest School of Medicine receives more than 10,000 applications each year, with 140 applicants chosen to matriculate. Applicants are considered based on their academic and personal qualifications, with attention given to the values of Wake Forest School of Medicine. These values include excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation.
Important Admissions Dates
|AMCAS application open for submission
||June 1, 2018|
|Verified AMCAS applications sent to School of Medicine||July 1, 2018|
|Early Decision Program Deadline||August 1, 2018|
|Early Decision Program offers of acceptance made||October 1, 2018|
|AMCAS application deadline||October 15, 2018|
|Regular Decision offers of acceptance made||Oct. 15, 2018 - Mar. 15, 2019|
|WFSOM secondary application due||November 30, 2018|
|“Plan to Enroll” Option becomes available||February 19, 2019|
|Accepted students narrow offers to three medical schools (if applicable)||April 15, 2019|
|“Commit to Enroll” option becomes available||April 30, 2019|
|“Commit to Enroll” *Required for those accepted||June 17, 2019
Submitting an ApplicationProspective students interested in pursuing the MD program are required to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC’s) centralized medical school application processing service. Only applications that are verified by AMCAS are processed to the Office of Admissions.
All of the following must be submitted through the AMCAS application to be considered:
- Work experience, extracurricular activities, awards
- Letters of Evaluation
- Personal Comments essay
- MCAT® exam scores
Letters of Evaluation
All letters of evaluation should be submitted via the AMCAS Letter Service. The Committee on Admissions prefers a Premedical Committee report or letter packet. While the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) lists 6 as the maximum number of letter we accept, your file is marked as complete once your letter packet/committee letter or two letters of recommendation are received.
When the AMCAS application is verified, applicants will receive instructions by email for completing the WFSM MD Secondary Application. There is a $125 Secondary Application fee. The $125 secondary application fee is waived for those who receive the AMCAS fee waiver. We highly recommend that students review the previous year’s class profile to determine if their application is competitive and if returning a secondary application is in their best interest. Secondary applications due by November 30th, 2018; however, it is in an applicant’s best interest to turn it in as soon as possible for review purposes. We accept Visa, MC and Discover for the application fee.
Application Review and Processing
Before your file can be marked complete and ready for review by the Committee on Admissions you must
- Return your secondary application, including Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores
- Upload all letters of evaluation to AMCAS.
The Office of Student Admissions does not accept grade or coursework updates after the AMCAS application has been submitted. You can submit updates through your applicant portal to be placed in your file, but we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.
Applications marked complete will be reviewed continuously through the interview season (September through March).
Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by email or phone to schedule. The interviews are conducted in person on the School of Medicine campus only. We do not offer regional interviews.
Applicants will cycle through a total of 8 scenario stations. Business attire is appropriate and recommended during interviews. Applicants will need to check in at 8:15 am and will be finished by 1:15 pm. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Due to our interview format, we are unable to accommodate travel delays and late arrivals.
The nearest airport is Piedmont Triad International Airport (airport code GSO), located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Other airports, including Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) are within a 1 ½ hour drive.
All ground transportation is up to the interviewee to arrange individually.
Some Winston-Salem-area hotels offer transportation to the airport for a fee.
A shuttle service is also located at GSO that can assist with transportation for a fee.
Applicants interested in staying with a current medical school student the night prior to an interview day may request a student host. The Hosting Program is run by current medical students, and the admissions office cannot guarantee availability.
Student hosts are not responsible for transportation to and from the airport. Applicants who have been invited for an interview may complete a request form.
There are a variety of local hotels in close proximity to the School of Medicine in downtown Winston-Salem, NC . If making direct reservations with a property, please let them know you are a School of Medicine interviewee, as additional discounts may be available.
The Office of Student Admissions is located in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (475 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) on the first floor, Suite 130.
Early Decision Program
Application for Early Decision can be made through AMCAS from June 1 to August 1.
Early Decision candidates are informed of their program status in September and offers of acceptance made by October 1.
The Early Decision Program gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted. Wake Forest School of Medicine participates in the AAMC Early Decision Program. For more information, please visit the AAMC's website.